Tokyo: The sight of Thursday morning at the Olympic Stadium was a familiar sight.
Or, in the case of American men’s sprinters, all too familiar.
Team USA’s Ryan Krueger dominated the shot put competition, successfully defending the gold he won in Rio de Janeiro five years earlier.
And once again the American men found a way to spoil the 4x100m relay.
Krauser won his second Olympic gold with the most impressive performance in the event’s history, with all six of his throws surpassing his old Olympic record (73 feet, 10 inches) and more than two feet ahead of US silver medalist Joe Kovacs. are.
“Ryan brings it up every time,” Kovacs said. “It’s not going to be an easy day.”
And the Oregonian who was the NCAA champion in Texas came up with the big time on Thursday. She started the day with a throw of 74-11, adding more than a foot to the Olympic record and then came back a round later with a 75-2 blast.
Kovacs threw 74-3 in the fourth round but it was as close as he or someone else went to Krauser. When Kovacs’ final throw landed 74–1 3/4, Krauser had a second gold medal.
Although it was not over.
Krauser had hoped to break the world record of 76-8 1/4 set at the Olympic Trials in June, inspired by Norway’s Karsten Warholm’s world record winning the 400 hurdles on Tuesday.
“I think so,” Krauser said after the qualifying round on whether Thursday was ready to reduce the points. “The circle is the same size, the shot is still 16 pounds, so it’s all on me to go out and execute it. Now the exciting thing is I’m just trying to throw a personal best and if I do that, If I can, it will be a world record, so it’s an exciting place.
“The more world records we see, the better. I was definitely driven by 400 hurdles, so I did the math and it was 1.6 percent (improvement) over the world record. So if I can throw 77-11, that’s it. All I can say is that I beat Carsten Warholm, so that’s my goal.”
The 77-foot barrier is still a way out, but Krauser scuttled his world record, launching a 76-5 1/2 bomb for his encore, the second longest throw in history.
“My mindset was really good, the practice went really well, so today it was a lot about heat management,” Krauser said. “We knew it was going to be a long comp and we knew it was going to be hot. The key was getting a big (throw) early. I managed to do that. I had consolidated the win by the end so I bit And got aggressive and chased that big throw and eventually connected with it (on the last throw).”
New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh took the bronze in the final round, throwing 73-8 3/4, ensuring that the medal podium in Tokyo would be an exact replica of the stand in Rio five years earlier.
“Ryan is timing it well and banging it up and getting it done,” Walsh said. “Joe and I don’t quite understand it right now. But you forget that (73-8 3/4) (almost) would have been an old Olympic record and Joe (74-3 3/4) would also have The three of us definitely take the game to another level.”
The American men also continued to take the 4×100 relay to another level.
Between 1920 and 1984, the men of Team USA won the 4×100 in all but the US participated.
But America’s disqualification at the event in Rio marked the sixth time in the last seven, the eighth time in the previous 12 major championships – Olympic Games or World Championships – that the 4×100 relay was either disqualified or failed to finish. Was.
In Tokyo, the American men could not even make it to the final.
Kenny Bednarek, 200 silver medalist and relay pool member, said Wednesday night which leg he would run. He also admitted that he had not practiced exchanges in the least.
“We’re all running fast right now,” said Ronnie Baker of America’s third stage. “Fred (Kerley) is running 9.8 (in 100) and I’m running 9.8. It’s hard to try to fully meet that amount of time with a few exercises.”
It showed on Thursday morning, Trayvon Bromell, Kerala, the 100 silver medalist, that the team of Baker and Craven Gillespie finished a non-qualifying sixth at 38.10, with Bednarek clearly saving for the final Team USA that did not reach.
“We just didn’t finish today,” Kerle said. “No excuse.”
The latest relay debacle extended Team USA’s dry streak in the men’s short sprint. Tokyo marked the fourth consecutive Games that the US failed to win the 100, 200 or 4 × 100 relay.
“We definitely have to pick it up next year and for the next Olympics, because it’s unacceptable,” Gillespie said.
The morning’s biggest surprise came in the 110 hurdles where Jamaica’s Hensley Parchment beat world champion Grant Holloway of America
Holloway was not only a heavy favorite to claim gold in Tokyo, but was also projected to break the world record of 12.80 set by Aerys Merritt in 2012. Holloway missed out on 12.81 at the Olympic Trials.
But he couldn’t stop the parchment on Thursday, with Jamaica giving him a 13.04 to 13.09 lead in the final meter.
“The biggest feeling, the biggest feeling, I’ve worked so hard,” said Parchment, a bronze medalist at the 2012 Games. It’s unbelievable that I caught this guy (Holoway).”